Photo of Cinnamon Buns by WW

Cinnamon Buns

Total Time
1 hr
30 min
30 min
These lightened-up cinnamon buns take some time to make. Most of the time is in the rising and advance planning but it's a small price for the spectacular result.


Fat-free skim milk

1 cup(s)

Vegetable oil

1 tbsp(s)


1 tbsp(s)

Table salt

1 tsp(s)


1 tbsp(s), about 1 package

All-purpose flour

2½ cup(s), sifted, divided

Unpacked brown sugar

¼ cup(s)

Dark corn syrup

¼ cup(s)

Ground cinnamon

2 tsp(s)

Ground nutmeg


Orange zest

1 tsp(s), grated


¼ cup(s), dried cherries or cranberries


  1. Stir together milk, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat to lukewarm. Pour yeast over 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let sit 5 minutes. Stir into milk mixture.
  2. Transfer warm milk to a large mixing bowl and beat in half the flour by hand or with an electric mixer. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Let rest 10 minutes; knead well on a floured board or with an electric mixer and dough hook; let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Lightly coat a 9-inch (23 cm) round baking pan with cooking spray. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch (30 x 25 cm) rectangle. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; brush over dough. Sprinkle with raisins. Roll up tightly, like a jelly roll. Cut into 12 pieces.
  6. Place buns cut-side up in baking pan. Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake buns until firm and nicely browned on top, 30 minutes. Cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate.